Feeding Smart with The Science Dog


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“Feeding Smart with The Science Dog” by Linda P Case


Description: In The Science Dog’s latest myth-busting book, Linda Case takes on canine nutrition and feeding practices. It seems that almost everyone has an opinion about how our dogs should be fed and what diet is healthiest for them. In this timely book, Linda Case takes a look at the evidence and what answers science can provide regarding how to best feed our dogs. The book’s five sections each tackle a set of commonly posed questions, using the research of leading nutritionists to provide practical answers. If you wonder whether dogs are true carnivores, whether or not they can digest grains, why some dogs gain weight so easily, and if it is safe to feed your dog a raw diet, this book has the answers for you. Other chapters separate nutrition fact from fiction regarding omega-3 fatty acids, dietary supplements, the quality of pet food ingredients, and nutrient needs and dietary preferences of dogs. Whether you are a canine health professional, trainer, work with a shelter or rescue group, own a dog-related business or simply wish to understand nutrition and feeding better, the information provided in “Feeding Smart” will be of interest and value to you.


About the Author: Linda Case is a well-known science writer, canine nutritionist, and dog trainer. She is the author of eight other books, as well as the popular “Science Dog Blog”. She taught at the University of Illinois’s Department of Animal Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine and currently owns The Science Dog Courses, an on-line professional training school for dog owners and professionals.



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7 thoughts on “Feeding Smart with The Science Dog

  1. I’ve just finished your excellent book. I’m beginning to feel more confident about feeding my dog. A few questions:

    Is dehydrated food considered a “gentle” cooking method? How does it compare to other kinds of processing?

    I’m interested in home made recipes. How does one evaluate these?

    Are you aware of any studies about using bully sticks – health and safety wise?

    Is there a course you would recommend for someone like me – a pet owner trying to choose and possibly make the best food and treats for her dog?

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    • Hi Deborah, I am so glad that you enjoyed “Feeding Smart” and are finding it helpful! To answer your questions:
      1. Yes, dehydration is considered to be a very gentle processing approach. Although we do not have much data regarding its effects on nutrients, the expectation is that there will be less damage to protein and other nutrients simply because of the lower heat treatment involved. This is especially true with foods that are human grade and/or that do not use a rendered protein meal as an ingredient. There are some data for freeze-dried foods that are similar, and support this expectation. I am keeping my eyes open for studies of dehydrated foods, so watch the blog for more information!

      2. Check Chapter 38 of the book for recommendations. We talk about homemade diets in The Science Dog Course, “Dog Food Smarts” as well.

      3. Bully Sticks – No studies that I have seen. However I would expect these to perform similarly to pig skin or ears as they are comprised primarily of connective tissue – protein, but low quality protein. This does not mean they will be harmful – just that nutrient value is low. Remember that dogs need to chew and love to chew – that is a benefit of all types of chew toys. We just also want to be informed about what comprises chews that dogs end up consuming. Moderation and supervision is probably the key with many of these!

      4. If you are cooking for your dog, your best bet, as I discuss in both “Feeding Smart” and in The Science Dog Courses, is to purchase several (not just one) balanced recipes from either a reputable pet food company (some are now providing these!) or from a pet nutritionist who guarantees a balanced food. Treats do not need to be balanced, but you do want to be careful regarding the types and quantities of ingredients.

      Hope this is helpful! Best, Linda Case

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    • Hi Carol, I completely understand, Dogwise was the publisher of “Dog Food Logic” and they have also sold most of my other books (print versions). I assume that they will also be selling “Feeding Smart”, but these transactions are often outside of the author’s purview. I would suggest asking them. You may also want to just do a general search on the title, as other vendors often purchase books for resale on their own sites. Hope this is helpful – thanks for your interest! Linda Case

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  2. I have a question: Is Feeding Smart with The Science Dog an updated book of Dog Food Logic or is it more of an expanded research and new information?

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    • Hi Barbara, “Feeding Smart” is a stand-alone book that is structured as a series of questions that dog owners and professionals have about nutrition and the current research that answers those questions. You can see a complete Table of Contents by using the “Look Inside” function on the book’s Amazon page. Best, Linda Case

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